Mary Elizabeth Winter, 80, owned catering businessMary...

August 05, 1999

Mary Elizabeth Winter, 80, owned catering business

Mary Elizabeth Winter, who had been co-owner of a catering firm and assistant to the president of Loyola College, died July 29 of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 80 and lived in Gardenville.

She and her husband established Wintercrest Catering Co. in 1978, serving golfers at Mount Pleasant Golf Club on Hillen Road. They sold the business in 1986. Earlier, she was assistant to the Rev. Vincent Beatty, S.J., president of Loyola College, from 1964 to 1968.

The former Mary Elizabeth Eichelman was born in East Baltimore and graduated from the old St. James Business School.

She was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on Frankford Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William J. Winter Sr.; three sons, William J. Winter Jr. of Perry Hall, Edward Winter of Fallston and Timothy Winter of Kingsville; six daughters, Mary Rose Liberatore of Bel Air, Elizabeth Anne Parziale of Maple Glen, Pa., Jean Zimmerer of Perry Hall, Gerri Donofrio of Gardenville, Cassie Wilman of Hagerstown and Anne Winter of Kingsville; three brothers, Martin Eichelman of Columbia, Edward Eichelman Jr. of Pasadena and Joseph Eichelman of Ellicott City; three sisters, Elizabeth Rose Winter of Lansdowne, Catherine Wellein of Linthicum and Rita Streb of Hamilton; 22 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bertha Etta James, 91, homemaker

Bertha Etta James, a homemaker, died in her sleep Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 91 and lived in Columbia.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., the former Bertha Etta Brown married Lawrence Edward James Sr., a business teacher in Washington public schools, in 1929. After he retired, he took assignments for the State Department in Burma, Liberia and Ethiopia. While in those countries, Mrs. James taught etiquette and English.

In 1970, the couple moved to Columbia, where she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. James died in 1986.

A funeral Mass for Mrs. James will be offered at 9 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 6001 13th St. N.W. in Washington.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Edward James Jr. of Takoma Park and Eugene Lancelot James of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Daniel Roy Diggin, 56, Army civilian employee

Daniel Roy Diggin, a retired Army civilian employee, died Sunday from multiple injuries he suffered as a passenger in a single-engine airplane crash in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 56 and lived in Chester in Queen Anne's County.

In 1992, he retired from Fort Meade, where he worked for 20 years as a personnel recruitment officer and a supply specialist.

His love for airplanes began when he was a child in Arlington, Va., where he hung model airplanes from his bedroom ceiling, said his brother Thomas Diggin of Crofton. In 1984, Mr. Diggin bought a Cessna airplane that he leased to members of the Fort Meade Flying Activity, of which he had been a member for 30 years.

Born in Washington, he earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1981, a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University in 1974, and a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University in 1970. He served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville.

In addition to his brother, Diggin is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Denise Lovecky; and another brother, John Diggin of Bel Air.

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